Netflix series, ‘Hasmukh’ in legal trouble

Netflix series, Hasmukh starring Vir Das and Ranvir Shorey, which released on 17 April has landed in legal trouble. New Delhi based lawyers have sent a legal notice to Netflix against streaming of the comedy series, especially episode four as it depicts advocates in poor light. The plea filed advocate Ashutosh Dubey said in the particular episode of the web series lawyers have been referred to as thieves, scoundrels, goons and rapists. “Statements (in the series) are highly disparaging, defamatory and bring disrepute to the profession of law, and lawyers and advocates in the eyes of the general public”- Dubey has claimed. The petition said that not only the advocates, who have been demeaned and disgraced in the show but the defendants have not left the police especially UP police and the politicians, to which the plaintiffs are not concerned in the present plea. The matter is likely to be heard today by the Delhi High Court, wherein a plea seeking to restrain online media-streaming platform Netflix from airing its web series Hasmukh for allegedly defaming the image and reputation of lawyers will be focused on. The suit filed by a lawyer is listed for hearing before Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva on Monday.